the forty million owners of engined craft, for those who are just getting their sea legs, this companionable compendium and guide will get them under way. The author starts out with basics (and sticks to them): equipping and commissioning the new boat, actually handling it for the first time, navigating--in daytime, at night, by compass and radio. He gives the rules of the road and the non-legal but equally obligatory aquatic etiquette. There are pointers on planning a cruise; living afloat--with children; cooking--from equipping the galley to pre-planning the menu and bringing frozen foods aboard; guests and games aboard and also on the water--skin diving, kiing, etc.; and finally on boat maintenance. Appendices refer to chart and cruising information sources and list basic boat talk terminology. Good bow to stern coverage, a definitely welcoming old hand for the new members of the crew-club; only the question of costs appears to be omitted.